We are still waiting to get some sort of official material on the new BMW M2 which is gearing up for debut later this year. All we have to go with for now is some seemingly accurate renderings. But our colleagues at TopSpeed are thinking way ahead of time, having already penned the 2017 BMW M2 CSL.
They got the idea for creating this lightweight, hard-core M2 when they got wind of a rumor BMW is planning to bring back the CSL badge for the new M2, creating a modern-day Batmobile. So they took an M2, itself an artist’s impression of what the real thing might look like, and converted it to this BMW M2 CSL you see here by adding an aero kit and M racing livery. We have to say, it doesn’t look half bad.
The new M2 in itself is a hugely enticing proposition. It is, in effect, a replacement for the ultra popular 1M Coupe, but it’s considered the spiritual successor to the legendary 2002tti. In that sense, BMW M2 CSL will be the successor to the original BMW 3.0 CSL from the 70s, a car BMW themselves tend to reminisce about a lot.
Based on the latest reports, the new BMW M2 will feature a straight-six turbo petrol engine with around 370 horsepower. If the last CSL Bimmer, the 2004 M3 CSL, is anything to go by, the M2 CSL will increase that output to over 400 while simultaneously shedding a few stones. Combine that with a tighter suspension, uprated brakes and racing aero, and you’ve got a formidable track weapon on your hand.
Rendering via TopSpeed